Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

Can Dental Implants Cause Headaches?

If you are missing one or several teeth, you have likely considered getting dental implants to get you back to talking, eating, and smiling like you did before your tooth/teeth were lost. You may be reluctant to have this reasonably simple surgery that could positively revolutionize your life because of talk that dental implants cause migraine headaches. We’re here to address the speculations behind that concern and clear the air regarding dental implants.

man holding his head with a migraine headache

Where Did the Concern Start?

The beloved entertainer, Dick Van Dyke, won the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. At this time, there was a lot of publicity around the actor and his then-recent health crisis. Van Dyke suffered debilitating migraines, that after years of puzzlement, he claimed that his dental implants were at the root of his problem.

Is There Science Behind the Claim?

Yes, but it’s not generally a concern for the average patient. There are two potential causes of migraines relating to dental implants: titanium allergy and bite misalignment. Allergies to titanium are extremely rare, but would account for migraines as a result of dental implants. If dental implants are misplaced, causing a problem in occlusion, the contact between the upper and lower rows of teeth, can then lead to TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), which results in migraines.

Can It Happen to Me?

Technically yes, but it’s unlikely. Working with Drs. Lambeth at Milltown Family Dentistry gives you the advantage of years of training and experience with dental implants and their expertise helps to minimize your risk of complications. Our patients generally return to normal activity within 1-3 business days!

Why Should I Consider Dental Implants?

For patients who are missing one or several teeth, dental implants are an option to restore your teeth that look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Although there are some stories of people experiencing migraines as a result of dental implants, the vast majority of patients do not experience that side effect.

If you have any questions about the safety of dental implants, call the team at Milltown Family Dental. We can answer all your questions and get you scheduled for a consultation to see if dental implants are the right solution for you. Contact us today!

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To Our Valued Patients:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth